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'I knew it was a place I wanted to come' - Ireland defender Andy Boyle seals loan move to Dundee

The former Dundalk centre back has fallen out of favour under Alex Neil at Preston.

Boyle in action for Ireland against Iceland at the Aviva Stadium.
Boyle in action for Ireland against Iceland at the Aviva Stadium.
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IRELAND DEFENDER ANDY Boyle has secured a loan move with Dundee, with the Dubliner struggling for game time at Preston North End.

The 27-year-old arrived at Deepdale following a successful spell with Dundalk, where he played in the group stages of the Europa League and won three consecutive SSE Airtricity League titles.

The player has struggled for first-team football at Preston since the start of 2017, however, making just nine Championship appearance for the club in-between a loan spell at Doncaster Rovers last season.

“The manager [Neil McCann] contacted me and I spoke to him on the phone. Once I spoke to the manager I knew it was something that really interested me,” Boyle said on his move to the Scottish Premiership.

“When I looked around I knew it was a place I wanted to come – and hopefully try get us further up the table.” 

Boyle made his international debut aged 26 against Iceland in Dublin back in March 2017.

The centre back’s loan deal with Dundee expires in January, however the Scottish side have the option of extending the move until the end of the season when Boyle’s Preston contract runs out at the start of 2019.

He joins fellow Ireland defender Darren O’Dea at Dens Park, with the former Celtic and Leeds United man having joined Dundee in 2016.

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